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US’ Natural Fiber Welding makes fabric to replace plastic in clothing

21st Jan 2022

US-based Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) has launched an alternative to synthetic fabrics. It has made a performance cotton textile called Clarus that can be used for clothing. The fabric has been treated to partially break down the organic material and leave it stronger and denser. The result is cotton yarn that behaves more like synthetic fibres.

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US IARPA SMART e-PANTS seeks submissions on smart clothing components

20th Jan 2022

The US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity recently sought submissions on electronic components it can stitch into textiles that will adapt to changes in the external environment or user input. It is particularly interested in components integrated into an entire active smart textile system or proven to be flexible, stretchable or washable.

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New light-weight textile material in US traps thermal energy when dry

3rd Jan 2022

A light-weight material that traps thermal energy when dry, but opens a series of tiny vents to let heat escape when a person starts sweating has been developed by material scientists at Duke University in the United States. The vents close again to retain heat once they are dry. The approach was mentioned in a recent issue of the journal Science...

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Bangla tech textile sector needs capacity building, policy support

24th Dec 2021

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Faruque Hassan recently stressed the importance of capacity building within the garment and textile industry along with policy support to tap technical textiles sector opportunities, including manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE), surgery gowns and masks.

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Russian firm ArcticTex launches jacket with OCSiAI’s graphene nanotube

14th Dec 2021

Russian company ArcticTex has launched a climbing jacket made with OCSiAI’s graphene nanotubes. The jacket got heated up in 40 seconds during tests on Mount Everest. Each jacket contains around 10 milligrams of nanotubes. It turns the fabric into a heating element. OCSiAI, based in Luxembourg, is a leading manufacturer of single wall carbon nanotubes.

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US’s LifeLabs launches MegaWarm, world’s warmest jacket

8th Dec 2021

US’ LifeLabs has announced the launch of a breakthrough product, MegaWarm, the world's warmest jacket. LifeLabs is the first textile innovator making meaningful progress in combating the effects of climate change through thermally-efficient textiles. LifeLabs bridges the gap between academia and scientific research and commercially-viable textiles.

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US & Swedish team develops fibres to make breath-regulating garments

22nd Oct 2021

Researchers from the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the MIT Media Lab at Sweden’s Uppsala University and the Swedish KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a fibre that can be used in apparel to sense how much it is being stretched or compressed. It offers immediate tactile feedback in the form of pressure, lateral stretch or...

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Bangladesh offers huge potential in tech textiles, PPE: GIZ study

19th Oct 2021

Bangladesh offers huge potential in technical textiles and personal protective equipment manufacturing as global markets for these two items are projected to grow to $224 billion and $93 billion respectively by 2025, says a German study. Charles Dagher, one of the authors, has identified the key critical gaps that limit growth potential of the...

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Japanese firm Itochu posts first quarter sales of ¥2,917 bn

11th Sep 2021

Itochu Corp, a Japanese trading firm engaged in textiles and other diversified products, has reported 22.1 per cent revenues increase to ¥2,916.8 billion (Japanese yen) in the first quarter (Q1) of FY22 ended on June 30, 2021, over the revenue of ¥2.4 billion in the same period of prior year. Net profit escalated to ¥284.7 million (Q1 FY21: ¥115.3...

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